- The list below includes 175 free or cheap things to do in or near Santa Cruz, California, including 101 different types of inexpensive activities like Beaches, Movie Theaters, Fishing and Walking Trails.
- From West Cliff Drive to Wilder Ranch State Park, there are a variety of budget-friendly attractions in Santa Cruz and in nearby cities within 25 miles like Cupertino, Capitola, Aptos and Saratoga.
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With the help of an experienced glassblowing artist students create their own work of art, such as a paperweight, vase, or bowl
Featuring work from over 100 artists, the Many Hands Gallery is a local art gallery that displays a large number of productions. Sculptures, paintings, and jewelry from both local and national artists are among the works available in the gallery.
Hosted at Capitola beach, Stand Up Paddle Capitola provides group and private lessons for stand up paddleboard activities. It also offers group tours of the surrounding Santa Cruz cove and Monterey Bay region.
A coastal brewery with a creative approach, Sante Adairius Rustic Ales makes an array of distinctive craft beers. Some beers are inspired by European styles, while others are more traditionally American. The brewery features a tasting room.
Stand Up Paddle New Brighton is a seasonally open shop that serves all paddleboarding and kayaking needs from rentals to private classes. They can also serve parties and team building activities for groups up to 20 people.
Friends of Santa Cruz State Park is a non-profit organization that funds interpretive programs for schools groups, native plant restorations, and community education events. The organization focuses on Sunset State Beach and Manresa State Beach.